Marshall's 747 service at new high


Marshall Aerospace has celebrated a key milestone with one of its most prestigious customers.

British Airways has taken delivery of the 100th Boeing 747 to pass through the Cambridge company's wide-body hangars.

The plane was handed over to the airline at an offical ceremony at Marshall's airport.

The aircraft, one of BA's fleet of 57 Boeing 747-400s, arrived at Marshall's on June 1 for a 20-day refit.

The plane was completely stripped and prepared for new interior modifications, which include the world's first flat-bed business seats and in-flight entertainment upgrades.

The work was typical of the work Marshall's has been doing for BA since linking up with the airline in February 1998.

Another 33 Boeing 747s are expected to pass through the Marshall hangars before the end of this year.

The refitting programme sees two aircraft sit nose-to-tail on the hangar floor as engineers work on them around the clock seven days a week.

Hugh Kennedy, general manager of civil aircraft at Marshall Aerospace, said: 'The guys working on these aircraft are highly focused and committed to delivering the highest possible standard to the customer.'

The commitment to quality has earned Marshall's an award from British Airways in recognition of the contribution it has made to the airline.

Grahame Nix, deputy managing director of Marshall Aerospace, said the award was a testament to the 'excellent relationship' that had built up between the two companies.

He added: 'It recognises the tremendous effort put in by all those involved in the programme.'


Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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